Thursday, January 8, 2015
work and winter
The holidays are well over and it's been back to work here. You may remember that we are working on three small sculpted bowls for a gallery show in March. You may also remember that while I was working on the oleander design wax I vowed that those three would be the VERY LAST! Well, I should know better than to invoke the gods because, of course, the oleander bowl did not come out well even though I followed my notes on one that came out exceedingly well in the past. At least I thought I did but the combination of clear/white did not result in the completely white flowers it was supposed to and the bowl color is so intense as to make my eyes hurt. Even the least bit of light to illuminate the bowl completely washes out the white and the flowers turn blue. Yesterday, after I filled what was the third bowl mold and should have been the last, I checked my notes again on the oleander design. Oops. I totally mis-read my notes on the clear/turquoise proportions.
Out of the mold and washed but no finish work done.*
So, today, I am chasing a new wax of the oleander design.
On the upside, the sea fan design cast well.
Also out of the mold and washed but no finish work done.
And I have high hopes for the lizard and ivy design which is in the kiln as I write.
The first three days of this week were quite pleasant with a sunny sky and not so cold temps. That ended last night with a dip into the 20s. This morning, the bird baths were frozen solid and the buckets of rain water and the tub with the parrot feather all had a thick coating of ice.
This is unacceptable people!
I'm glad I covered my four tenders...three angel trumpets and the star of india which took forever to come back out after the late hard freeze last March.
The little warbler is continuing to entertain me though I think there is more than one visiting now. This one displays more nervousness and reached over from the teacup and tapped the window glass a couple of times.
* the bowl looks better in the picture than it actually is